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Unformatted text preview: inland waters. They set guidelines for how much waste and industry is allowed to pump directly into the nations waters. Since this has gone into effect, more than 700 billion pounds of waste have been prevented from being dumped into the ocean. This bill also makes industries who plan on dumping sewage attain a permit. The organization responsible for this is known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The permits are issued by the EPA and other environmental agencies and are only valid for five years. Over all, the Reefs in America are being protected and there is a strong effort to maintain and prevent any damage that could possibly occur. The reefs in the Florida Keys are also protected by designated sanctuary areas in which vessels and divers arent allowed to infiltrate. Hopefully this is enough to prevent the reefs disappearing from the face of the earth....
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- Spring '08